This guide is ment to introduce you to the Windows 8 Application interface, the guide will show you how to navigate and how to change settings in the new Applications for Windows 8!
This is my first guide so feedback is appriciated!
This is a guide on how to use the new Windows 8 application interface in Windows 8 ,a Windows 8 application is a special kind of application that follows a specific user interface. A Windows 8 application can be run on any computer regardless of what kind of processor is being used.
A Windows 8 application always runs in full screen, or if it´s docked side by side with another Windows 8 application it always takes up the space you chose to share. Windows 8 applications have a common user interface design, they all use the same fonts and scale for user readability, this is because you always want to be able to read all text clearly regardless of the device you are using it on for example touch devices, laptops and desktop computers.
Let´s take a look at the mail application included in Windows 8, you can use the client to connect to Hotmail, Google-email and Exchange. To add an account to the mail application move the mouse to the bottom or the top right corner to bring out the charms (or push the Windows button +c) now click on the settings charm. This will bring up the settings for the mail application (picture two).
Let´s start by adding a Microsoft Exchange account, Click on Accounts > Add Account > Outlook. Type in your email and password then click on the connect button. When the account is added you now have the ability to see all your exchange messages in the mail application!
You can now switch between Exchange and Hotmail with just a simple click down in the left corner.
Anytime you are inside a Windows 8 application you can bring up the app bar, the app bar will appear at the top or at the bottom of the screen depending on the settings on that particular application, to bring up the app bar using the mouse, right click, the mail application has options for syncronising email, pin to start, move and mark as unread,
Now let´s take a look at another Windows 8 application, to navigate use the windows key to bring up the start screen. And now click the Weather application ,the first time you open the Weather application on your computer you will be asked if you want to use location services to determine your current location. The Weather application shows the weather for the chosen location and like every other Windows 8 application there is an app bar available, right click to bring up the app bar, as you can se this time we get two app bars, one at the bottom and one at the top,to change places click on the locations bar and then the plus sign.
There is also a link to World Weather on this screen you can zoom in and choose one of the supported locations. Let´s go back to the start screen again by pushing the Windows button on your keyboard.
Finally let´s take a look at one more application the Calendar, navigate back to the start screen and click on the Calendar application icon. Again we can see that the Calendar is a full screen application bring up the app bar, you can chose your view by day, week or month send feedback jump to the current date and create a new appointment.
Now let´s take a look at how to switch between multiple Windows 8 applications, the easiest way is to push the windows button and it will bring you back to your last used application, press the windows button again and it will bring you back to the start screen.
If you want to choose from multiple applications move the cursor to the top left corner of the screen and drag down and you will see as many of the last used applications as your monitor resolution is capable of displaying, click to choose one and you will be brought back to the selected application.
Notice that the Desktop is seen as just another Windows 8 application, click on the desktop icon and jump to the desktop from there as well, to go back to the start screen press the windows button on your keyboard, or you can use the start charm press the windows button + C or bring your mouse to the right or left corner of your screen to bring out the charms menu.
Next guide we will take a look at the new search function and the new desktop interface. I just realised these pictures are in swedish so i will update them later.